Successful Matching Grants Program Leads to Expansion of Montclair Institute of Lifelong Learning (MILL)!

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Thanks to the generosity of the community and Partners for Health Foundation, opportunities for lifelong learning in Montclair are expanding! More than $50,000 was donated by local residents to the MILL Back to School Again matching grants campaign and each of these contributions will be matched by Partners for Health!

The MILL brings in-depth, high-level learning opportunities to 55+ adults and is a collaborative effort of the Montclair Public Library and its Adult School of Montclair Department, the Montclair Art Museum, the Montclair History Center and Montclair State University.

Since March of 2015, more than 60 classes have been offered in program areas that include the Arts, Health & Wellness, and History & Current Events. The MILL is an initiative of Lifelong Montclair, the Township of Montclair’s aging in place initiative, and is funded by Partners for Health Foundation.

According to Katie York, Director of Senior Services/Lifelong Montclair, Township of Montclair, “MILL classes are very popular and the demand for classes quickly outpaced the supply. In response to growing waiting lists and classes that had to turn away interested students, the MILL partners launched this collaborative fundraising campaign in 2016.”

Pam Scott, Executive Director of Partners for Health, adds, “The Foundation is pleased to provide these matching funds, and will continue to provide a dollar for dollar match of all donations to support the MILL in 2017.”
All MILL classes are free of charge, but registration is required through the Adult School Department of the Montclair Public Library. Visit http://partnersfdn.org/mill/.

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